I have a question regarding uniforms. I am a newer ref, but have been advancing and now am starting to ref some “bigger” tournaments and matches. Due to finances early on I bought several jerseys from places other than OSI (ie: Sator). They all have the approved design, but from a different manufacture. Is this acceptable, or do I need to replace the other manufacturer jerseys with the OSI ones? It hasn’t seemed to be a problem with the local tournaments and matches, but I just want to be sure I’m properly equipped as I continue to advance and ref at higher levels.
USSF answer (May 30, 2009):
Of course the Federation would prefer that referees bought our sponsor’s products, but as long as your uniforms meet the same design requirements as those sold by OSI, then you may wear them. See this FAQ on the new uniforms: